Recently, the US government imposed heavy tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the US, and we’re seeing the impact of these tariffs on some of our products. Our Continuous Hinge suppliers have already increased prices on certain hinges by as much as 16%, and it’s possible that other suppliers we work with are facing similar cost increases. As of the date of this post, only Continuous Hinge products are affected. However, as the effects of these tariffs begin to ripple through the US manufacturing sector, it’s possible that some of our other suppliers could also be affected in the coming months. We appreciate your business! If you’re concerned about pricing in the future, there are strategies you can use to reduce (or remove) the short-term impact of price increases like these. We’re happy to discuss these options with you. Call us or reach out using our Contact Form and we’ll set up a time to talk!
Southco has redesigned the wing knob version of its successful E5 Cam Latch series with a stylish, streamlined design that promotes improved ergonomics and enhanced security. The new E5 Wing Knob adds a padlockable feature capable of accepting a hasp shackle up to 8mm in diameter, and promotes a redesigned wing knob that functions as both handle and actuator. The redesigned E5 Wing Knob features concave side surfaces that provide aesthetic appeal as well as positive finger grip for ease of opening panels and doors with a gloved hand. A spring loaded ball detent provides sensory feedback and helps to verify that the door is fully opened or closed with an audible “click”. Tested to NEMA 4 and IP65 standards for water and dust protection, the E5 Wing Knob provides a high degree of ingress protection and is suitable for use indoors and out. Southco’s line of E5 Cam Latches delivers robust, vibration-resistant fastening, features a variety of grip lengths and is available in numerous head style options for added security. Additionally, the E5 Wing Knob Cam Latch features the same panel hole prep as the standard series and is available with a separate latch and cam assembly to promote modular use. The padlockable E5 Wing Knob Cam Latch provides ergonomic operation and secure latching in applications where increased security is necessary, such as industrial equipment with Lockout Tagout (LOTO) requirements. To learn more about Southco’s complete line of Cam Latches, visit our E5 product page.
Accuride started out designing slides for the industrial and electromechanical market and has grown to become a global expert in the design, manufacture, and integration of movement solutions. This has earned Accuride products a reputation for quality and reliability. Their staff takes pride in guiding customers to the most effective and practical solution. Accuride products are used to provide movement, positioning, and access in a vast range of applications across a broad spectrum of industries, including:
- Automotive and transportation
- Enclosures for data storage and communications
- Mobile and static equipment and supply storage
- Machinery and manufacturing
- Emergency and utility vehicles
- Industrial equipment and storage units
- Medical equipment
Tried & True PerformanceOur stringent testing procedures reflect the real-world conditions and include extensive cycle testing, salt spray and moisture exposure, slamming, vibration, and more to ensure continued dynamic performance under demanding conditions.
Special AttributesWe offer a large selection of slides with technology and features specifically designed to enhance industrial applications such as:
- Weather-resistant and corrosion resistant finishes
- Two-way travel for access from both sides of an installation
- Lock-in & lock-out to secure slides in the open and closed positions
- Soft close, self-closing, and touch release features
- Corrosion resistant aluminum or stainless steel slides
- Mounting options such as brackets or bayonet/pocket systems
Choices GaloreAlthough best known for ball bearing drawer slides, explore our Product Catalog to find out more about Accuride’s specialty solutions such as our linear motion slides and innovative electronic locking products.
So you have a great new idea and you’re still working out the details. Maybe you’re still in the “brainstorming” stage or the “drawing on a napkin” stage. If your design incorporates things like latches, locks, drawer slides, gasketing, or any component you won’t be fabricating yourself, you’ll want to consider those components early in the design process and not at the very end. One of the common pitfalls in designing products is overlooking these seemingly little things. If this happens, the designer is often left looking for what we call the “Houdini Latch”*. The Houdini Latch is one that’s never been made, or perhaps functions in a way that no latch* is designed to function and is simply not available. It doesn’t exist. What generally happens next is that the designer is forced to do one of two things: design a completely new latch, which is time-consuming and costly or make significant changes to the design of their product, which is also (you guessed it) time-consuming and costly. What’s the answer? Identify the hardware components you’ll need early in the design process. You’ll have the specifications and design requirements early, so you can adapt your product to make them work. Even if you have to adjust your original design, it’s easier to do it now than to make significant changes later. Don’t worry if there are no off-the-shelf products that fit perfectly. Hopefully, there’s time to work with your supplier or parts distributor to come up with a custom solution. Again, it’s better to do this early on, especially if you’ll have to consider longer lead times.
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE.Even if you’re a little beyond the “drawing on a napkin” stage, we can still offer you practical advice and world-class solutions that will work for you. Call us today or use our handy Contact Form to reach us! *..or hinge, or fastener, or drawer slide, or lock, or whatever.
I need this part, but I need it to be __________.Sometimes an off-the-shelf product just won’t work for your application. You don’t see many cars on the road with ill-fitting door handles, do you? NO! In some cases, a custom solution might be the only solution that will work for you and your customers. Thankfully, all of our vendors have the capacity to make changes to any of their custom designs. Whether it’s a small change to the color or a more substantial change (a new size, different threads, keyway or hole locations) we can be your liaison to the factory to make that change possible. We have all the contacts to get you quick answers, which saves you time and effort.
We can shorten lead times!Sometimes they do, but that shouldn’t be an obstacle. We can help you with long replenishment lead times by stocking your custom products in Winnipeg, and delivering them to you when you need them. The initial lead time is the only time you might have to wait for product.
We can avoid factory minimums…mostly.Depending on the nature of the modification, the factory might require that you order a year’s worth of material on one purchase order. We can help here too! We can stock your custom products in Winnipeg and ship them to you on a pre-determined schedule of shipments over a 12 month period. You would need to commit to the whole quantity, but your accountant will love the fact that you’re able to receive them in scheduled deliveries.
We’re here to help, even with the custom stuff.If you can’t seem to find the right part, or if we have something that’s “close, but not quite right”, let us know. We’ll have a specialist reach out to you who can give you expert advice, quick answers and most importantly, solutions. Use our handy Contact Form to tell us about your application today! We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
ELESA MAKES IT EASY TO IMPROVE SAFETY!The CFSW Series Hinges from Elesa is a has multiple integrated safety switches built right in! And there’s more:
- Thanks to it’s super-technopolymer housing, this electronic hinge does not require grounding!
- They are UL approved.
- They have a high load capacity. These aren’t just a fancy switch with a working hinge, it’s an awesome hinge with amazing safety features.
- Can be installed in seconds, with just 4 screws.
- Meets IP67 ratings for corrosion and water resistance. Bring on the water jets!
- COMPLETELY TAMPER PROOF